Old Town residents Bret Benjamin, 31 (above left), and Stephen Young, 30, knew of each other through mutual friends, but years passed before they went on a date in October 2013. “He was fun, outgoing, and creative … and I’m not really any of those things, so that interested me,” says Benjamin, a district leader for CVS Health. Adds Young, “There was sort of this subtle sophistication to him that was mysterious and sexy to me that I admired because it’s something I lack.” Young, who runs his own interior design business, Stephen Young Design, also says, “That’s why we balance each other so much. We are very yin and yang.” Unbeknownst to one another, they had both planned to propose during a trip to Europe. Benjamin beat Young to the punch, popping the question on a walk through Vondelpark in Amsterdam.
They married Aug. 31 at Ada St. (1664 N. Ada) in front of a backdrop of white flowers flanked by fiddle-leaf fig trees. They enlisted Young’s brother’s girlfriend to play “Over the Rainbow” on the violin while they walked down the aisle. “It was just the most beautiful moment and I’ll never forget it,” Stephen says. The wedding party’s suits slayed across the board, from Benjamin in olive green to Young in white seersucker with a showstopping tropical boutonniere to their groomswomen in jet black by Christian Sirano, who was among the guests attending. A seven-course feast included fried green tomatoes, steak tartare, and Parisienne gnocchi. After a night of dancing, they headed to Halsted Street to keep the party going at their favorite Boystown bars and honeymooned in Paris and Ibiza.
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
Photographer: Candice C. Cusic Photography, cusicphoto.com
Venue & catering: Ada St., 1664 N. Ada, dmkrestaurants.com/ada-st
Grooms’ attire: Suits by Suitsupply, 945 N. Rush, us.suitsupply.com
Grooms’ accessories: Tie, shoes and watch by Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue, Indianapolis (Benjamin); tie by the Tie Bar, 918 W. Armitage, thetiebar.com; shoes from Gucci, 900 N. Michigan, gucci.com (Young)
Groomswomen’s attire: Suits, Christian Siriano, christiansiriano.com
Groomsmen’s attire: Ties by the Tie Bar; suits of their own choosing
Florals: White floral wall; boutonnieres of tropical fern leaves, protea, ranunculus, and astrantia; magnolia leaf centerpieces by Fleur, 2651 N. Milwaukee, fleurchicago.com
Decor: Linens by BBJ Linen, 6125 Howard, Niles, bbjlinen.com
Cake: Miniature cupcakes by Sprinkles Cupcakes, 50 E. Walnut, sprinkles.com
Entertainment: Violin solo by Iliana Raykovska; Party Monkey DJs, Columbus, Ohio, partymonkeydjs.com
Rings: Tate Union bands from Barneys New York, barneys.com